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Why Al-Qaeda is Endorsing McCain

Eboo Patel refflects  on the reason in his blog on Washington Post’s On Faith 

“Al Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election.”

So reads a website closely associated with Al-Qaeda, according to Nick Kristof in his Sunday New York Times column.

It’s no surprise that Bin Laden and his henchman are watching the American election (any bets on the cable channel they prefer?). But their presidential pick probably raised some eyebrows. I spent a good part of my Sunday wondering why they chose McCain.


I dismissed the idea that Bin Laden actually wants the rendez-vous that McCain promises at the Gates of Hell. I think the terrorist is probably pretty scared of the old Navy fighter pilot in a mano-a-mano situation.

Joe Nye, a former Clinton Administration official, makes an important point in the article: “From their perspective, a continuation of Bush policies is good for recruiting.”

But I think Kristof hits the nail right on the head when he compares McCain’s position to other mistakes made in recent American history:

“During the cold war, the American ideological fear of communism led us to mistake every muddle-headed leftist for a Soviet pawn. Our myopia helped lead to catastrophe in Vietnam. In the same way today, an exaggerated fear of ‘Islamofascism’ elides a complex reality and leads us to overreact and damage our own interests.”


Bin Laden has been an amazing failure in attracting Muslims to his call for an all-out war against the West. Almost no Muslims want that war, and even fewer are actually willing to fight in it.

So Al-Qaeda has gone to Plan B: create the illusion that more than a tiny handful of Muslims are engaged in this battle. That’s one of the reasons that Al-Qaeda chooses respectable members of a society – engineers, doctors – to carry out attacks.

But illusions are only successful when the audience gets duped. Too many McCain supporters have bought the Al-Qaeda line.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 4:09 pm

What I read on this website never ceases to amaze me.
Only someone who believes that Obama is good for the pro-life movement could also believe that Al-Qaeda actually wants McCain to win the election. This is a huge misunderstanding of the Islamic fundamentalist mindset. This isn’t some semi-political, faux-ideological organization interested in recruitment and funding. They want us DEAD. They want the “Great Satan” OUT of the Middle East. They want to defeat us. From THEIR perspective (let’s spare the argument on the validity of this perspective), who is most likely to bring that to them? It’s clear…an Obama presidency.
And if you think I’m wrong, watch their reaction after Obama is elected next week. There will be celebration and audio/video tapes released declaring their victory. Then you will see how naive this premise is.

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posted October 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm

It should come as no surprise since Bin laden endorsed Bush which yielded windfalls ten-fold to the Al qaeda franchise in surging it to the top the charts for the most feared. These terrorists live on the perpetuation of Fear, and the McCain campaign is selling their fear at a brisk pace.
Its a real sham that some US religious fanatics are the worst in spreading the fear tactics -our own evangelicals are doing the dirty work for the terrorists in selling their irrational terror, but it will probably backfire for groups like Dobson’s.
Patel’s article just points out the Clarion Fund’s Muslim-hating film called Obsession as a prime example of US hatemongers helping promote the Al qaeda franchise, but ultimately trying to undermine American resolve to not be intimidated by those selling terror.

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